Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless. When you find something at which you are talented, you do it – whatever it is – until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head. (Stephen King)
As if to compensate for the most-recent 2-day power outage, a burst of energy kept me working at full throttle for the past several days. After painting touch ups on the wooden balcony floor, I protected it with two coats of a transparent sealer. Between coats, I painted the inside panels of the balcony white, then rolled a medium to light blue and then a lighter blue over that.
The little built-in bench looked quite anemic beneath the colorful moon window, so i painted the back a pastel orange and the seat area in light blue/green colors. As the afternoon progressed, I added more depth and movement with strokes of color. Continue reading
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Focus; “…For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus.”
Each week I photograph the progress on the compass design (painted on concrete floor) from several vantage points, so with pleasure I present the almost-finished design from many-different angles.
Because this is a floor, I keep asking myself, “Lisa! Are those little bitty details really important?” Continue reading
“I don’t want technology to take me so far that I don’t have to use my brain anymore. It’s like GPS taking over and losing your internal compass. It’s always got to be tactile, still organic.”
Years ago I worked in a design studio for a company that produced custom carpets for hotels, movie theaters, casinos and private businesses. Every so often we received an order for a hand-made rug, and the pattern had to be drawn on a huge canvas that was stretched to correct proportions in the warehouse. To my amusement, most of the younger designers were graphic art whizzes, but their drawing skills were horrid! I quickly became the hand-made rug specialist, and I would leave a note on my desk, “Gone to the briar patch! – ‘Brer Rabbit.’
How I loved the challenge of using my math and drawing skills to transfer a complicated design onto a giant canvas, then color code the areas to be filled in by another person!
I still enjoy using my internal compass to draw a complicated design on a forlorn concrete floor and watching the room slowly transform! These photos illustrate one of several projects that tested my drawing skills this week. Continue reading
Last year’s It Started With One Lightpole opened with a story about my friend Luchy Cevallos Sabando. The post was one of the most popular for the entire year.
Multi-talented Luchy tapped into his creative genius and opened a cybercafe with emphasis on cafe and not cyber! He wondered what he could do to attract more business, and before our afternoon painting session was finished, people were slowing down and taking note!
Luchy’s artistic touches throughout his Palo Santo Cafe and his nearby hostal leave little room for improvement! Several times I volunteered to help with a new project, but there was no obvious space for custom art.
Last week while visiting Luchy’s Palo Santo, I reminded him that I’d love to help with a new project. He pondered for a few minutes, then showed me an area in the VIP room that might make a fun backdrop for group photos. We did a bit of brainstorming, then started on Wednesday and finished on Saturday! Continue reading
“Good drawing forms the ‘bones’ on which a strong painting hangs.” (Chris Bingle)
Jama Ecuador - Last week I sketched this cow skull then did a test to see how it would look with zebra stripes. What do you think? Would it make a fun painting, or should I consider this an exercise and move on to another subject – like bright colorful coffee cherries?
Today I spent time at Palo Santo Cybercafe, which is more cafe than an internet service. Opening around 7:30 most evenings, Palo Santo has a brisk business and an easy vibe.
Luchy and I had discussed doing a joint painting project in his “VIP” room, and today we began that task.
Luchy’s drawing and painting skills are excellent, so I was amused that he chose to watch instead of paint! He wanted a backdrop for photo moments, and since the word “Jama” means “iguana,” he visualized a large iguana draped across a limb a little higher than shoulder level. We discussed several ideas, and then he watched as I mixed paints and began to ‘draw’ with the paint.
“Aren’t you going to use a pencil first?” he asked cautiously.
“No,” I smiled, “it’s not necessary… there’s no need for pencil…” Continue reading
Sarah Dettman’s friends and family helped with this Sunflower painting to help brighten a community laundry room. It’s my pleasure to present it to all of you out there in WordPress world! Continue reading
The trip to the Amazon has been postponed, so today finds me taking a two-day time out in Mindo Ecuador. This morning I visited the Butterfly Garden, located three kilometers from town. What a delightful childlike immersion in nature I spent while trying to capture the elusive blue morpho with my camera! Continue reading
This week brought many creative challenges while I spent time with my friend Sarah Dettman and her family. From the hummingbird and butterfly murals, to the sunflower painting for their laundry room, my paint brushes have had a workout!
Yesterday while Sarah was speaking to a WorldTeach group, I sneaked back to the courtyard and left a smile for her to find later! She and her husband walked right past it several times before Eloy spotted it! Continue reading
Today’s Daily Prompt states:
Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
Photographers, show us HANDS.
Hands? Do I ever have an assortment of images of hands!
Enjoy! Continue reading
My trail is about to take me out of town for a few days, so enjoy this final postcard from Barb! See you when I’m back on Wednesday! Z
Dear fans of “Zeebra’s Designs and Destination.”
WOW!!!!! I must say I am not only amazed but also totally overwhelmed with the response that Lisa has received on her WordPress Blog concerning the Zeebra’s Flying Carpet’s Post Cards.
Thank you everyone for the encouraging comments and well wishes through all of our journey on the “Carpet”. What fun we had. Lisa has such a great spirit, (as you all have seen) energy and love that it’s easy to catch it from her…..and that I did.
I left Ecuador with a lot of fond memories and a little sadness at having to leave Lisa and “The Riverhouse.” However I will cherish all of those memories, new friends, not only from the towns we visited, but Lisa’s Blog as well. Continue reading
The floor design strengthens with each day. Barbara continues to keep the pace and endures long hours of painting! She’s tireless and forever cheerful, and she quickly switches to other tasks if I’m bogged down with meticulous attention to details on the floor.
My friend Silvana dropped by the house and helped with the border. Before she left, we enjoyed a hibiscus/white wine/’agua con gas’ drink and then watched the birds come home to roost.
Are you ready to see the latest images?! Continue reading
The riverhouse received an injection of energy this weekend! Gonzalo de la Fuente and his beautiful family crammed many memories into their short break from the port city of Manta Ecuador. Gonzalo is quite the Renaissance Man, and his graphic arts skills keep his dance card full. I am grateful for his tireles help whenever I need posters, invitations, a press release, catalog, book marks, business cards – he transforms and improves the concepts. Although I often visit Gonzalo and his family on their turf, this was their first trip to the Jama area. These photos reflect one of many great memories from their two-day visit.
The old bamboo light fixture near the front door looked pretty forlorn. Influenced by the Mola theme, it now sports colors inspired by coral snakes. While I was painting, the small container of black ‘jumped’ out of my hand and splattered the white wall. Ugh! I was challenged with a ‘think fast’ prompt as Rorschach patterns dribbled down the wall… Continue reading
After six months of extreme dry weather, typical of this dry rain-forest climate, the clouds turned on their taps and kicked off the new year with slow gentle rain. And more rain. And more rain. And more rain.
Friends from Colorado are in town to check on their home that’s under construction in the area. I’ve upgraded from a life ankle deep in mud on the river to a short stay at a cute hostal while they are here. (The photo above shows the road between my house and town.) All’s fine here, though the internet has been painfully slow. I have had problems sending emails, commenting on other posts or replying to WordPress comments. Continue reading
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Frizztext’s Story Challenge has reached the end of the alphabet, and I had no problems finding images for the letter Z! There are so many zebra options in my files for this week’s challenge, I will try to dole a few more out during the week.
Let’s go down the steps and see if we can find some z images to kick off the week!
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I try to keep bananas on hand to use in place of sugar when blending a natural drink. My present favorite drink contains papaya, red hibiscus blossoms, fresh mint, maracuya (passion fruit) and the optional banana. Since red and green make brown, the mint makes the concoction a bit ugly – but hey! – dim the lights and enjoy the flavor while your body drinks in nutrients! I often forget to strain the drinks before serving my friends, and they stare at me with this, “You really don’t expect me to drink this….. do you?” kind of look!
Have you ever wondered what bananas look like when you find them in the wild? Enjoy a trek with Kris and Joel in Panama’s northern region and see some bananas that don’t quite look like the ones you buy at the supermarket!Read it HERE: Let’s Go Hunt For Bananas!
John and Mary McDonald in San Clemente, Ecuador showered me with an ‘all you can eat’ bananafest (as well as an amazing Sunday feast!) Read how they happened upon a surplus of bananas HERE: Yes, We Have Bananas!
WordPress asks us to rewrite our first post. I enjoyed this challenge, pulled up my first post about custom floors and interiors, hit ‘edit’ and reworked it by changing the title.
After revising it, I searched for the publish button, and woe is me! It remained under the original’s format as an update.
Alas, the best way to point you to the revised post is by this method!
Thanks for following the dots to the revised post, and I hope that other bloggers learn from my mistake!
Some photo challenges seem to be tailored for my interests. The Island Traveler asked for interpretations for the word Create. No pondering was necessary for this challenge, as my friends Hank and Marie had just helped transform a problem area of the river house into a creativity chamber!
Moving the kitchen to the far side of the room last month allowed space for a petite sunroom. The stunning view became the focal point, but the new “picture” window presented a security problem. How could the window be protected from break-ins?
A creative answer materialized just in time for Hank and Marie, who were on their final week of vacation, to help with a new “I Can Do This” painting project! Are you curious to see what we did?
Frizztext tosses his alphabet challenge each Tuesday. Pulling up from behind just under the wire with O for Olive Ridley, I am now slightly ahead with the prompt for P! The tagword of “Painting” trumped Pelicans, Portoviejo, Pacific Ocean, Peace March, Photo Challenge and PreColumbian Art for a chance for the spotlight!
From the archives comes an eclectic assortment of paintings from a handful of years! Rather than ramble on about my work, I’ll let the paintings take the stage! Continue reading
WordPress has a fun Daily Prompt, which states, “Now that you’ve got some blogging experience under your belt, re-write your very first post.”
Ladies and gentelmen: I present to you the revised first page, posted about a year ago this week! Thank you for your tireless and amazing support! Z
Custom designs add a lot of character to a room. Stroll with me through a few creative projects and see if you agree! Continue reading